By Jeff Shultz
Like all schools in Garvin County, Elmore City-Pernell Schools are dealing with the fact the COVID-19 virus is still causing problems as the district prepares for a new school year.
“We really need to get our students back in the classroom, knowing all along this school year is going to be a challenge,” said EC-P Superintendent of Schools Sheila Riddle.
The first day of school in Elmore City is August 13.
Riddle told the News Star EC-P Schools have basically followed the guidelines set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State Department of Education and the State Department of Health.
Riddle, who is starting her first year as superintendent, said the school district encourages parents, legal guardians and all school employees to self-screen at home.
“If a student or employee has a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, they should remain at home until they have been free of the fever for 24 hours,” she said.
She noted that all students who ride a bus to school will also have their temperature taken prior to entering the bus.
“Any student that walks to school must report to the front entrance of their building for temperature checks,” Riddle added.
Riddle said the district is recommending all students wear a face mask where social distancing is not possible.
“We will follow CDC guidance and partner with local health officials as to the duration of time that face coverings would be recommended for wear,” she said.
The district will not provide face masks.
Riddle said parents and students will have two options to consider when enrolling in school.
The first option is a traditional school week with one day set aside for a virtual day of learning.
During the week of traditional class time, students will be trained for digital classrooms and the virtual day of learning.
“The second choice will be distance learning away from the school,” she said.
Students enrolled in distance learning will be allowed to participate in EC-P extracurricular activities, however, the school district will not provide transportation to and from those activity classes during the school day.